Local Health and Fitness Tips… Delicious Summer Dishes and Busting Exercise Myths

By Kyle Arsenault CSCS

Its Summer Time!

It is definitely that time of year again. The time of year when the sun is blazin’, the pools are hoppin’ and the air conditioners are roarin’. And it is that time of year when you can really take advantage of the season to get yourself in the best shape of your life! After all, who doesn’t want to look good in their bathing suit?

And guess what, you can achieve the healthy, performance based and aesthetically pleasing body you want a little easier than you think. And just how? With the help of Prezo Grille and Bar and Momentum Physical Therapy and Performance Training!

Prezo’s has taken some classic dishes that are great in the summer time (and really all year round) to another level and Momentum PT has put together a list of five exercise myths you need to know about so you are no longer left spinning your wheels in the endless pursuit for health and fitness…Let’s begin.

Cold, Crisp and Absolutely Delicious

Everyone knows that salads are a classic staple when it comes to healthy nutrition. But the problem with most salads is that they are boring and tasteless and leave little to be desired.  And for this reason many of us tend to pass up the amazing health benefits of the vegetables and fruit that are the base of the salads.

With summer upon us, you should be taking advantage of the season by consuming more local fruits and veggies that will provide you with the nutrients to achieve optimal health and performance…and your taste buds should loving every second of it. And lucky for you, Prezo Grille and Bar has made this EASY!!

Prezo’s does an outstanding job supporting local farms with challenges such as their recent “Farm to Forks” challenge where they challenged the chefs to create dishes using local ingredients…and the chefs more than delivered. At Prezo’s you will also find Weekly Specials and a Summer Sea Food Menu that highlights dishes comprised of local ingredients…great tasting dishes that are healthy and support local businesses, YA, it doesn’t get much better. But back to the salads…

At Prezo’s you will find an enormous array of salads that feature only the freshest of ingredients that are perfectly combined to provide you with ample nutrients as well as a taste that is second to none. From the classic Caesar Salad (a classic that has been taken to new heights at Prezo’s) to the new Baja or Asian Noodle Salads, Prezo’s has it all. And even better…

When you go to Prezo’s Grill and Bar Tuesday through Friday starting at 11:30, you have the opportunity to order the ever changing, amazingly creative, and seriously delicious lunch buffet. Although it is impossible to pick just one dish that is the best on the menu (especially since they change each day!), the one thing you can count on is that there is always an incredibly fresh and tasty salad.

Just some examples of a few that I have had from my numerous visits…The Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Salad, Ranchero Salad, Mixed Green Steakhouse Salad, Mixed Green Fruit Salad and the El Morocco Salad…ya, I go quite a bit as I know I can always count on a high quality meal!

And every time I go I can’t wait to see which salad is waiting for me to dig into. With Prezo’s talented kitchen staff, finding out which salad is there to help me ensure my health and fitness, as well as satisfy my flavor cravings, is like waking up on Christmas morning (I really enjoy good food if you couldn’t tell).

Discovering which salad is on the menu is half the fun…

Knowing that there is always a healthy, delicious and locally supportive dish with Prezo’s salads, makes it is easy and extremely enjoyable to go out for a great meal and incredible time!

Salads have been, and always will be a classic health dish, but only after you have had one from Prezo Grille and Bar (or in my case, almost a dozen!) can you say that you have truly experienced a healthy and refreshing salad that exemplifies the perfect summer time meal.

And after you are done with your health bolstering salad, you can get to work on your body with some efficient, results and goal driven exercise (or as I like to call it…performance training!). But you can only train efficiently and correctly if you know what efficient and correct is…so let’s bust a few common exercise myths to help you get started.


 Five Exercise Myths You Need to Know About

 And Performance Training

1)      Cardio is the best form of exercise for health and weight loss

I am sure you have heard about this one but it still amazes me just how many individuals think they must hop on the bike or elliptical or go out for a long, slow run in order to burn fat and get healthy. Cardiovascular training simply means you have to raise your heart rate to a level that causes the body to adapt (grow stronger and healthier) in order to meet the demands of the training. For a more effective training session that will provide you with cardiovascular benefits as well as allow you to burn more fat and gain a more athletic body, try a few resistance training exercises. Check out this article for more info…Get Off the Cardio Wagon

2)      It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are moving and sweating

Although it is important to get your heart rate up (as just discussed) if you are exercising and moving incorrectly you actually may be doing yourself more harm than good. Anyone can get out and sweat, but if you are to “Get Your Head In the Game during training and focus on what you are trying to accomplish, you will better prevent yourself from being injured as well as burn more calories and shift your body towards better looks and performance. An individualized exercise program designed for YOUR needs is crucial to ensure that you are getting the most out of your training session and time…you don’t want to continue to spin your wheels and miss out on the results you want and deserve (if you need help simply contact me at kyle@momentumpt.com).

Stop Wasting Time on Generic, “Pull-out” and “Bootcamp” Exercise Routines…Get on a Program Built for  YOU!!!

3)       Bootcamps and other group training classes are the best!

In line with the last myth, in order for you to achieve YOUR individual goals, whether they are to simply get healthy and lose a little fat, or to prevent athletic injury and be the best athlete on your team, taking part in generic “bootcamp” or “fitness” classes will never be the best solution. These classes are not designed to address your specific needs and therefore will not produce optimal results…not to mention they may actually increase your chance for injury! What works for one individual may not work for another…don’t get caught up in the latest and greatest, one size fits all “solution.” (Check out this article for some more information on why this method of training is not ideal…What Everyone Can Learn From Crossfit.

4)      Machines are the safest form of resistance training

Although it may seem that machines are the safest form of resistance / weight training because they lock you into position, it is exactly for this reason that they are not as safe as many think. When your body is locked into unnatural movement, the muscles and joints are forced to work in inefficient planes of motion. Not only will this most likely cause injury, but it reduces the amount of stability and core control needed…which decreases muscle activity and results. Properly utilizing bodyweight and free weight training will provide for better results. (To see what kind of results you can achieve with proper training using bodyweight, medicine ball, free weights and more, check out the video below and this link for some before and after pictures.



5)      If you are not sore you did not work hard enough

I love it when my athletes and clients are concerned because they are not as sore as they were the week before. What this means is that your body is adapting to the training…this a good thing! When the body adapts, it becomes stronger, grows healthier and soreness is reduced. Just because you are not sore does not mean that you didn’t work hard enough. Don’t get me wrong, you should never leave a training session feeling the same as when you started, and you should always be looking to progress, but you also don’t need to be so sore that it is nearly impossible to get up and down stairs the next day. The body does need to have different training stresses to continue progress, but not every session has to be different and cause massive amounts of soreness to be effective (in fact this will actually cause subpar results…check this article out to see why…Confused?).

There they are. Five exercise myths you need to know about. Of course there are many more (such as females will get big by lifting weights, you need to train for at least an hour to make it an efficient training session, etc.) but these five exercise / training myths are some common myths that I encounter on a regular basis.


The Wrap Up


Now that you know more about some delicious summer meals, and we have busted some common exercise myths that may be preventing you from achieving optimal health and performance, all you have to do is SHARE. Share this article with your friends and family and make sure to LIKE US so you don’t miss out on important information and happenings (click on the names to like us…PREZO GRILLE AND BAR and MOMENTUM PT). Leave any comments or questions and enjoy a healthy start to your summer!

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